kaffeine says audio device busy

Peter Garrett peter.garrett at optusnet.com.au
Tue Nov 13 03:49:52 UTC 2007

On Mon, 12 Nov 2007 14:01:10 +0100
Bram Kuijper <a.l.w.kuijper at rug.nl> wrote:

> Hi all,
> Suddenly, when I start Kaffeine, it says: "audio output unavailable, 
> device is busy()"
> when I do
> ps ax | grep alsa
> or
> ps ax | grep xine
> not any processes are returned...  how can I restart my sound card, 
> without rebooting the whole system.


lsof /dev/snd/*

That should show what is using the sound device.


ps aux | grep esd
ps aux | grep arts

One or several of those should show a result. I have often found that a
killall esd

for example, does the trick - but artsd is more likely, with a KDE app like

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